San Francisco school district’s after-school program funding stripped 

Following a state audit of attendance rates, 18 out of 105 San Francisco public schools with after-school programs are losing some grant funding. But school district officials said the reductions will not affect the ability to serve students.

Click on the photo at right to see a chart on school funding.

Roughly five of six public schools offer some form of after-school programming, according to Kevin Truitt, the San Francisco Unified School District’s associate superintendent of student support services. Such programs offer tutoring, enrichment and physical recreation to students from when the bell rings to roughly 6 p.m.

District officials said even though grant funding is being reduced, it will not hurt the number of students who can be served. It will, however, require the district to re-evaluate how it runs each program.

The state expects 85 percent of enrollees to attend such programs, Truitt said. When that number falls to 75 percent, the district loses funding immediately and must develop a new strategy to serve students.

One victim of funding cuts because of falling enrollment is Fairmount Elementary School. It is scheduled to lose $23,000 in funding, from $130,000 to $106,000, next school year.

Truitt said the reasons for the attendance drop vary at each site. At the elementary level, students are expected to attend five days each week, but not all parents understand that.

"Sometimes there are other commitments that students have," Truitt said. "Other times, a parent will only want them going Tuesday through Thursday, which impacts attendance counts."

Marina Middle School will lose $149,000, which is the most in the district. District officials said the school serves roughly 150 students, a large number for that age group and school size. They said the funding reduction is a result of the new formula.

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